• WordNet 3.6
    • v discontinue prevent completion "stop the project","break off the negotiations"
    • v discontinue put an end to a state or an activity "Quit teasing your little brother"
    • v discontinue come to or be at an end "the support from our sponsoring agency will discontinue after March 31"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Baskin Robbins once made ketchup ice cream. This was the only vegetable flavoured ice cream produced. However, they discontinued it since they thought it would not sell well
    • Discontinue To be separated or severed; to part. "Thyself shalt discontinue from thine heritage."
    • v. t Discontinue To interrupt the continuance of; to intermit, as a practice or habit; to put an end to; to cause to cease; to cease using, to stop; to leave off. "Set up their conventicles again, which had been discontinued .""I have discontinued school
      Above a twelvemonth."
      "Taught the Greek tongue, discontinued before in these parts the space of seven hundred years.""They modify and discriminate the voice, without appearing to discontinue it."
    • Discontinue To lose continuity or cohesion of parts; to be disrupted or broken off.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • discontinue To cease from; cause to cease; put an end to; break off; stop: as, to discontinue a habit or practice; to discontinue a suit at law, or a claim or right; their partnership has been discontinued.
    • discontinue To interrupt; break the continuity of; intermit.
    • discontinue To cease to take or receive; abandon; cease to use: as, to discontinue a daily paper.
    • discontinue To cease; come to a stop or end: as, the uproar discontinued at that moment; the fever has discontinued.
    • discontinue To be severed or separated.
    • discontinue To lose cohesion of parts; suffer disruption or separation of substance.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Discontinue dis-kon-tin′ū to cease to continue: to put an end to: to leave off: to stop
    • v.i Discontinue to cease: to be separated from
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  • Bill Dana
    Bill Dana
    “He is so old that his blood type was discontinued.”
  • Irvin S. Cobb
    Irvin S. Cobb
    “An epitaph is a belated advertisement for a line of goods that has been discontinued.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “I've decided to discontinue my long talks. It's because of my throat. Someone threatened to cut it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. discontinuer,


In literature:

If you can reconcile it to your conscience to discontinue it, do so.
"Mr. Scarborough's Family" by Anthony Trollope
The Tatler was discontinued in January, 1711, and the first number of the Spectator appeared in March.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
He resumed his work of working over the papers, but after a few minutes discontinued his search, and walked restlessly about the room.
"The Moon Rock" by Arthur J. Rees
In spite of this remonstrance, their behaviour remained the same, so that I was compelled almost to discontinue attending public worship.
"A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy" by Ida Pfeiffer
By direction of the President, the Military Department of West Point will be discontinued September 1, 1882.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents" by James D. Richardson
Why should drill work be discontinued when children grow tired and cease to concentrate their attention?
"How to Teach" by George Drayton Strayer and Naomi Norsworthy
Maurice, soon after this conversation, had discontinued his professional visits.
"Lippincott's Magazine of Popular Literature and Science, Vol. 15, No. 90, June, 1875" by Various
The Department of Washington will be discontinued and merged in the Department of the East.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents: Ulysses S. Grant" by James D. Richardson
At the beginning of the 17th century (A.D. 1606) wrestling-matches, as forming a regular part of a religious ceremony, were discontinued.
"Tales of Old Japan" by Algernon Bertram Freeman-Mitford
But the inspection of these changes gives us no right to believe that there has been any discontinuity in natural processes.
"The Making of Arguments" by J. H. Gardiner

In poetry:

Gordon, mounted, loq.
Ho ! you chap of grit and sinew,
Smoking in your pit,
Why thus labour discontinue ?
Why your forehead knit ?
"The Patrol And The Gold-Digger" by Adam Lindsay Gordon
'Alas, dear friend, that, all my days,
Hast poured from that syringa thicket
The quaintly discontinuous lays
To which I hold a season-ticket.
"The Nightingale In The Study" by James Russell Lowell
And here are peaches with their ruddy cheeks
And ripe transparency. Here nectarines bloom,
All mottled as with discontinuous streaks.
And spread a fruity fragrance through the room.
"A Basket of Summer Fruit" by Charles Harpur
The rustling of the silk is discontinued,
Dust drifts over the court-yard,
There is no sound of foot-fall, and the leaves
Scurry into heaps and lie still,
And she the rejoicer of the heart is beneath them:
"Liu Ch'e" by Ezra Pound

In news:

Seventy-five-watt bulbs are scheduled to be discontinued next year, and 60-watt bulbs , which comprise the bulk of the home market, will be banned in 2014.
Previously NJ Transit had announced that the No 78 bus would be discontinued.
Jennifer Brown/The Star-Ledger New Jersey Transit will discontinue service on the No 43 bus between Newark and Secaucus.
Many townships had, at one time, bustling settlements or villages that were begun or "discontinued" because of the railroad.
With the start of the Civil War in 1861, Butterfield 's southern route was discontinued.
The company says it is leaning toward discontinuing the practice at future carnivals it hosts around the state.
Controversial Carroll school palm scanners discontinued.
Town staff have recommended Cary discontinue its SafeLight program, which is one of just four in the state that uses automated cameras to ticket red-light runners.
Farmers Classic men's tennis tournament at UCLA discontinued.
Controversial Carroll school palm scanners discontinued.
Ways to find discontinued cosmetics over the internet and by phone.
3rd-Gen iPad Discontinued , Angry Birds Seasons, Nostalgia.
The Crim Fitness Foundation has expressed interest in continuing the Tuuri road race, which has been discontinued by the Hurley Foundation because of dwindling resources.
But the generics will use the same older, "easy to tamper with" formulation in the now discontinued OxyContin, doctors who treat patients with chronic pain or addiction wrote in a letter to federal health minister Leona Aglukkaq Nov 19.
The company said in late October that it was discontinuing the warranties on Hawker 4000 and Premier 1 and 1A business jets as well as its extended service contracts on the two planes.

In science:

Notice that this might not be true if In,j contains some km,l , points where Xm may be discontinuous.
Sparse Potentials With Fractional Hausdorff Dimension
Tits, J., Classification of algebraic semisimple groups, 1966 Algebraic Groups and Discontinuous Subgroups (Proc.
On simple real Lie bialgebras
In the momentum representation it can be expressed in terms of the discontinuities of the corresponding matrix element with the time-ordered product hP2 |T {jµ2 jµ1 }|P1 i.
Virtual Compton scattering in the generalized Bjorken region and positivity bounds on generalized parton distributions
This expression can be obtained by calculating the discontinuities of the time-ordered matrix elements studied in Ref. .
Virtual Compton scattering in the generalized Bjorken region and positivity bounds on generalized parton distributions
The set Ω(Γ) := S∞\Λ(Γ) is the region of discontinuity.
Quasiconformal Rigidity of Negatively Curved Three Manifolds